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Maiden's Tower

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Address: Uskudar, Istanbul, Turkey
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+90 216 342 4747
09:15 - 18:45
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Mon - Fri 09:15 - 18:45
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:45
20:15 - 00:30

According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect...

According to Turkish legend, a princess was locked in this tower to protect her from being bitten by a snake. Over the years the tower has been used as a customs station, lighthouse and a residence for retired naval officers.

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Maidens Tower

Maiden Tower is on the Asian side of Istanbul.just take a ferry from eminonu to UskadAr and walk down.another ferry takes you to the Tower. Nice place to visit

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 December 2015
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Bengaluru, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Maiden Tower is on the Asian side of Istanbul.just take a ferry from eminonu to UskadAr and walk down.another ferry takes you to the Tower. Nice place to visit

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2015

This is situated between the Galata Bridge and Bhosporus bridge , and we can just take a few pictures when going in the boat from Galata bridge. It is not easily accessible,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

The Maiden's tower is an iconic structure located in the Bosphorus between the European and Asiatic sides of Istanbul. The legend of it's history is just good fun and no one would definitively tell us if is is true or not, and I suspect not. You do not specifically need to book a tour there as the ferries going between... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

You must take a cheap ferry ride in istanbul to ride past this tower. The ferry's depart and connect many different location in istanbul and only cost a couple lira (~$1).

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2015

We didn't actually make the trip to the little island where the tower stands - instead we sat opposite it on the mainland sipping Turkish Tea and watched the sun set. Very very beautiful. Would recommend a visit, even if you just go to the tea area and view the tower from the mainland. To get here, you need to... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2015

It is certainly a nice place for getting the panoramic view of Istanbul from a different perspective, but as boats arrive and leave at given times, the excursion seems rather boring, as there are not many things to do apart from drinking and eating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2015

Everyone has seen the Maiden's Tower in the Istanbul Harbour. You pass by it often. It's been a lighthouse and even a prison in its past. Now it's a tourist attraction, an observation point and a restaurant. Yes you can visit it by a 15 minute shuttle from Uskudar. The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch. Dinner in the evening requires... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

You need to go there by boat, the restaurant can pick you up at the shore. Enjoy a nice meal accompanied by walking musicians. The Tower island is situated in the sea. You have a fantastic view all over. Look at the beutiful sun dawn and enjoy the sea air but don't miss the last trip to the shore! The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2015

best place to view it from is from a boat or ship sailing on the bosphorous, some hotels like mercure taksim have views of it from certain rooms

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

It an interesting place to see , where you will be apple to watch and take pictures of it , while taking a tour by boat around the bosphorus strait, and the famous islands , called the Princess Islands . you may book the tour straight from your hotel, or you may go down the Eminonu sea front and pick... More 

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Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Once a Greek colony, later a haven for people from across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons. Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by its myriad treasures than by its many thousand residents. And with fairytale settings such as the “Maiden’s Tower” as well as grand examples of Ottoman Era architecture, plenty of parks, a gorgeous and lengthy coastline, and some of Turkey’s holiest sites, there’s no end to the sightseeing possibilities. Easily reached from the city’s European shores via a steady network of ferries, time spent in Uskudar reveals a “real life” Istanbul that many who experience find extremely fascinating.
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